Bleaching SSTs at Maldives/Sri Lanka/Chagos

astrong at astrong at
Tue Apr 14 13:02:52 EDT 1998

We are beginning to see exceptionally high temperature surface waters develop 
over the Maldives and Sri Lanka [14 Apr 98] in our satellite data.  An area of 
high SST that has covered much of the tropical Southern Indian Ocean for the 
past few months, is showing signs of progressing northward [with the sun], from 
the Seychelles over Chagos Archipelago into the Maldives.  This northward trend 
is also continuing up the African coastline from Kenya to Somalia.  For more 
information see:

Confirmations of any bleaching observations are sought.

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Alan E. Strong
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